Age of Empires is one of the most influential and memorable games I have ever played. I have played the franchise for as long as I can remember being alive.
My favourite memories are summer days having sleepovers with my best friend. He, my dad and I would eat hot dogs and mac & cheese and play for 11 hours a day all weekend because we love it so much.
Fast forward to today. My friend and I are both married and live in opposite ends of the city. My dad still lives in my childhood home. We still play together online as often as we can, and my wife is a new fan of the series. My friend and I just played a killer match of AOE3 tonight.
It’s things like these that last through any different stage of life that add so much quality to a life. The ability to relax with a friend over a common hobby and play a wonderfully developed strategy game together is something that doesn’t have a measurable value to me. In an age where video games come and go and the value they add to a life is so fleeting. But when a game franchise like Age of Empires comes along and clearly rises above the rest to have a 20+ year impact on a man’s life through all his formative years, teaching him historical concepts while training his strategic eye and giving him an amazing activity to enjoy with friends and family, it is truly something special.
I have to sincerely thank everyone who has ever been involved in making these games. You have no idea the impact you have had on my life.
Edit: It would literally make my life to snag one of these awesome shirts. Fingers crossed!